The Rt. Rev. Michael Smith has proposed that he might become the Dean of the Cathedral in Fargo while remaining Bishop of North Dakota. The Bishop of Western Kansas was elected in August 2010 and remained rector of a Western Kansas church.
What I am proposing is consideration of the following:
The bishop serves on a 1/3-time basis for the Diocese as the episcopal minister and a 2/3-time basis as rector/dean of the Cathedral.
Serving with the bishop as part of a pastoral staff would be:
a full-time Administrator, serving both the Diocese and the Cathedral;
a full-time Secretary, serving both the Diocese and the Cathedral;
a 1/4-time Minister or two 1/8-time Ministers for Pastoral Care serving the Cathedral;
1.875 (FTE) Ministers serving the Diocese as the Bishop’s Diocesan Ministry Team (the three current Canon Missioners and the Bishop’s Executive Assistant).
Realizing that there will be many questions, I am posting this letter on my Blog. I invite you and others beyond the Chapter and Diocesan Council to post comments and/or questions there in hopes of engaging in an online discussion. (If you have difficulty posting there, contact me at email@example.com and I’ll post for you.)
It is not clear from this post whether the Pastoral Care minister will be ordained or not.
What are your thoughts? Questions? Comments?